Fall is in the air! Especially as today, September 22, 2017, marks the first official day of fall. Some people look forward to pumpkin spices lattes, special holidays, and cooler weathers. As we head into the season, be aware of a different type of "fall.” The kind that can cause injury. Preventing falls is something we can work towards in the office and at home.
Fall prevention is important. Especially as we get older and physical changes makes falls more likely to happen. According to EveryDayHealth.com, "about half of all falls requiring hospitalization take place at home.” These tips for cleaning up around the home may also apply to the office:
- Clean up clutter – we usually hear about "spring cleaning” but it is important to keep things tidy to avoid falls. Keeping walkways clear of materials and trash is extremely important as more people are moving through an area.
- Repair or remove tripping hazards – look around your home and work area for things like loose carpet, slippery rugs, floorboards that are stick up, and other hazards. Repair or remove them to avoid falls caused by these issues.
- Install grab bars and handrails – some areas such as stair ways require handrails and grab bars, be sure to have the appropriate safety features around these areas. Also, consider installing additional devises around the toilet and in the bathroom of your home. These devices can help you get up and move about without injury.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing – while comfort is important, be sure your clothing is not a tripping and fall hazard by itself. If clothing is baggy it can make you more likely to fall. Be safe and opt for better fitting items that do not drag the floor.
- Light it right – at the office and around your home, make sure you have proper lighting. Can you easily see where you are walking, particularly around stairways and hallways? Consider adding night-lights for your home bathrooms and bedrooms.
- Wear shoes – socks can be a slipping and fall risk if they are not worn with shoes. Or purchase nonslip socks to wear without shoes around the house. If you are on a job site, make sure you are wearing shoes appropriate for the work you are doing.
Falls can happen to people of every age and ability. Take precautions to protect yourself and those around you. And remember to practice safety at home and on the job.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!